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Archive for April 18th, 2014

“They all lied” – 5 Cops Slammed by Judge Face Federal Suit

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Patrol car video shows cops lied in testifying against Joseph Sperling, said judge

CHICAGO, IL – Five Glenview and Chicago veteran police officers who lied in sworn testimony, according to a judge, are themselves facing a federal lawsuit today by a motorist who says they violated his constitutional rights in unlawfully arresting him.

Sperling and his attorney, prominent civil rights lawyer Jon Loevy of Loevy & Loevy Attorneys at Law, will speak at 2:30 PM press conference today at Loevy & Loevy’s Near West Side office, 312 N. May Street, Suite 100.

Sperling was the subject of a June 2013 traffic stop a few blocks from his home in Glenview. According to today’s suit, all five of the officers lied about five specific facts of the case after having been sworn to tell the truth. One of the Chicago officers allegedly told the Glenview officers to turn off their dashboard cameras, but one of them failed to do so, thus recording the incident and showing that their later police reports and testimony were false.

“All their testimony [against Sperling] was a lie,” said Cook County Circuit Court Judge Catherine Haberkorn in a March 31 hearing. “So there’s strong evidence it was a conspiracy to lie in this case, for everyone to come up with the same lie. . . Many, many, many, many times they all lied.”

Loevy says all too often police officers lie in drug cases to secure convictions, but are rarely called to account for it. He is the author of a frequently-cited article on false testimony by police, or “testilying” in criminal justice slang, a practice that criminal defense attorneys say “has become so endemic in criminal cases that it has become the norm. The prosecutors know they are lying, the judges know they are lying, and yet the police lie anyway.”

Today’s suit charges that the officers engaged in a “conspiracy” to violate Sperling’s rights, and that “the videotape showed that each of the five Defendant Officers lied in precisely the same ways, proving that the five Defendants and the Assistant State’s Attorney had deliberately and maliciously concocted a false story to provide to the judge.”

Loevy & Loevy is the largest civil rights law firm in the Midwest and has won more multi-million dollar jury verdicts than any other civil rights law firm in the entire country over the past decade. Copies of today’s suit and Jon Loevy’s article on “testilying” are available by calling Andy Thayer at 773.209.1187 or emailing andy@loevy.com

Injured Worker Charged with Workers’ Compensation Fraud

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Defendant Lied Under Oath to IWCC Arbitrator in an Attempt to Obtain Benefits

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI) Director Andrew Boron today announced a workers’ compensation fraud investigation has led to another indictment. Jeffrey Fessler, of St. Charles, was arraigned today on felony charges for perjury and workers’ compensation fraud, in connection with false statements he made under oath during a hearing before an arbitrator from the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission (IWCC).

Mr. Fessler made the statements in 2011 while testifying at a hearing to determine whether his condition was causally related to his injury, to determine whether he was entitled to vocational rehabilitation, to determine whether the medical services provided were reasonable and necessary, to determine whether his employer had paid for all reasonable and necessary medical services, and to determine the proper amount of temporary total disability benefits. The hearing was conducted pursuant to Section 19(b) of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act.

Video surveillance obtained on behalf of Fessler’s employer showed him working at his residence and at two other homes during the period he claimed to be temporarily totally disabled. At the hearing, Mr. Fessler made false statements concerning the ownership of the homes where he performed the work and about the compensation he received for the work performed.

“Our workers’ compensation fraud investigations have led to indictments and conviction of those scheming to take advantage of this system put in place to protect people injured on the job who need medical services. We will continue to work with law enforcement, to make sure perpetrators are prosecuted,” said DOI Director Boron.

“The Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission will not tolerate fraud. And this case, as well as other recent felony prosecutions involving workers’ compensation fraud, demonstrates that the Illinois Department of Insurance is determined to make sure that fraud is prosecuted,” said IWCC Chairman Michael Latz.

The Department’s Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit conducted the investigation and referred the case to the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office for prosecution. If convicted, Fessler faces probation or two to five years in prison, and a possible fine of up to $25,000.

The anti-fraud provisions were first enacted in 2005 and were later amended in 2011. The 2011 amendments included stronger sentencing provisions which applied to this case based on the date Mr. Fessler committed fraud.

For more information about Workers’ Compensation Fraud, including matters that may involve fraud perpetrated by a claimant, visit the DOI website at http://insurance.illinois.gov/WCFU/default.asp. To report an employer, healthcare provider, attorney, insurance agent or company, contact the Workers’ Compensation Fraud Unit at 877-WCF-UNIT (877-923-8648).

Gun Violence Affects All Americans: Everytown for Gun Safety

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Opening ReMARCs

By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

Earlier this week, a new organization – Everytown for Gun Safety – launched with a purpose of uniting millions of Americans to work together to end gun violence and counter the powerful and heavily-funded Washington gun lobby.

Gun violence has often primarily been associated with poor, urban neighborhoods.  But the truth is that gun violence can and does happen anywhere.  The common denominator is easy access to guns.  Every day, gun violence kills 86 Americans, with these acts of terror carried out in homes, on playgrounds, schoolyards, neighborhood streets, even in houses of worship – turning spaces that should represent peace and sanctuary into places that elicit danger and fear.  Still, Congress has not acted.  It has been almost a year since a minority of the U.S. Senate blocked legislation requiring comprehensive gun background checks – despite overwhelming public support.

In an effort to press for change in Washington and move beyond Congress to bring common-sense gun policies to state capitols, corporate boards, and state and federal elections, Everytown’s supporters will back candidates and legislation aimed at saving lives and raise awareness around urgent gun safety issues.  At the center of Everytown is Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and I am honored to join a distinguished group of individuals to serve on the Everytown advisory board – including former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (who committed a minimum of $50 million this year to reduce gun violence through Everytown’s educational and advocacy effort and others) and Warren Buffett.  This is a fight to which I have long been committed – whether being the first U.S. mayor to bring suit against major gun manufacturers to hold them accountable for their part in the senseless cycle of violence or focusing on the reduction of gun violence in the name of public health and community safety at the National Urban League.

Most recently, we, as part of the African American Leaders Convening, put forth concrete policy recommendations in our 21st Century Agenda for Jobs and Freedom –  including a ban on automatic and military-style semiautomatic assault weapons, requiring gun owners to participate in educational programs that stress responsible gun ownership and a no-tolerance policy for guns and gun violence in schools – including severe penalties.

Gun violence in America is a significant problem.  But with more than 1.5 million Americans and growing daily, almost 1000 mayors and moms across all 50 states, I am encouraged that initiatives like the Everytown grassroots movement will result in even more significant action and solutions.  The epidemic of senseless killings in all communities must end.  We urge the nation to unite against gun violence everywhere, in Everytown.

Sec’y of State Jesse White Urges Illinoisans to be Heroes by Joining the Organ/Tissue Donor Registry

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White will honor Malcolm X College for its commitment to registering new donors

April is National Donate Life Month. Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will show the Secretary of State’s new organ and tissue donation commercial, spotlighting heroes. The campaign shows that everyone can be a hero by registering to become an organ/tissue donor.

Malcolm X College President Dr. Anthony Monroe, college officials and students as well as a living organ donor will be in attendance.

The event will be held Monday, April 21st, 1 p.m., at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Van Buren St., in the Cultural Center Room.

White is traveling the state as well as working with organizations to promote the importance of organ and tissue donation. White is teaming up with community colleges statewide for the “Be a Hero” public awareness campaign, offering students the opportunity to create their own campaigns and earn community service hours while promoting the Organ/Tissue Donor Registry.

In Illinois, more than 5.5 million people have signed up for the registry, but every year about 300 people die waiting for their gift of life.

Malcolm X College is committed to this life-saving program, and is participating in Secretary White’s “Be a Hero” campaign.

In Crowded Households, Stress is a Killer

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In Crowded Households, Stress is a Killer

New America Media/Voice Waves
By Rabiya Hussein

LONG BEACH — Every morning before Evangelina Ramirez leaves for work, she cleans the house in a meticulous manner so that everything is where it belongs. She does this, she says, so she can come home to a clean house where she can unwind after a busy day at work.

Ramirez, a caregiver and a community activist, shares a three-bedroom apartment in central Long Beach with her two teenage children, a roommate and her roommate’s daughter. Unfortunately for Ramirez, the tight quarters mean that her dream of relaxing after work in a clean and quiet home is just that, a dream.

“As soon as I get home, I start feeling stressed because I have to work all day and then I go home and I find all the mess,” said Ramirez, who has lived in overcrowded homes for the past 20 years. “I start getting mad and start yelling at everybody.”

Ramirez’ experience is not uncommon. According to a new report by Housing Long Beach (HLB), a community non-profit, nearly 20,000 families are currently living in overcrowded housing in that city alone. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines overcrowded housing as any residence with at least 1.5 people per room.

According to the HLB report, individuals or families living in overcrowded housing situations are more likely than others to experience poor mental health outcomes including persistent stress, and even have a shorter life expectancy. Additionally, children who grow up in overcrowded homes are more likely to fall behind in their schooling and exhibit behavioral issues.

In spite of the health issues associated with overcrowded housing, said Ramiez, such arrangements are made out of necessity and not choice. Ramirez herself spent 17 years living in a small one-bedroom apartment with five other family members, prior to moving into her current home two years ago.

“I always kept my kids indoors so they don’t get into gangs and drugs, but the only thing [my oldest] son liked to do was eat. That made my son become overweight,” she said.
“Now he is an adult, and he is [an overweight] man who has many health problems.”

A younger son of Ramirez was diagnosed with ADHD, and she worried about the impact of the frequent yelling in the home, which she attributed to the stress of living in a cramped environment. “When a kid who has ADHD starts listening to someone who’s yelling, they start feeling anxious [and] he just doesn’t want to be home.”

Ramirez said her two teenage children, a girl and a boy, also suffered from having to share a room. “They didn’t have space to do their homework and all the things they need to do,” Ramirez said. “I tried to find another apartment but I [couldn’t] pay $ 1,400. It’s too much.”

Ramirez was eventually able to find a roommate, her best friend’s sister, lowering her share of the rent to $900 — but even that was more than Ramirez, a minimum-wage earner, could afford to pay.

“Most of the time, per month, I get around $1,200 or $1,400. Most of the money goes to rent and another $300 on bills, like electricity, gas, Internet and cellphone. Sometimes I don’t have enough money for food and that’s the biggest problem.”

The accepted rule of thumb is that housing costs should be no more than 30 percent of a household income, to allow other basic needs to be met.

However, close to 130,000 Long Beach renters, including Ramirez, spend somewhere between 30 and 65 percent of their income on rent, said HLB Executive Director Kerry Gallagher.

“Some families cope and they have really affordable rent, but they live in really terrible, substandard units,” Gallagher said. “Other families cope by living in overcrowded homes. So it makes it more affordable, but it adds on all these impacts of the stress of living in an overcrowded environment.”

Currently, the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in Long Beach is $1,513 per month in the downtown area, and $1,200 in North Long Beach. That would require a single person to earn an hourly rate of $29.09 or $23.07, respectively, in order to afford that rent while not exceeding 30 percent of their overall take-home pay, according to HLB.

Furthermore, the report concludes, if the Long Beach tourism industry continues to create low-paying service-sector jobs while the California minimum wage stays stagnant at only $8.00 hour, “the imbalance between jobs and housing will tip further and further toward un-sustainability.”

Rabiya Hussein is a student reporter at California State University Long Beach and a contributor to VoiceWaves, a youth-led community journalism project founded by New America Media to shine a light on community health issues.  The project is supported by a grant from The California Endowment.

Raoul: “We should encourage all our citizens to vote and discourage none”

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Constitutional amendment banning voter discrimination will appear on November ballot


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th), who in 2011 sponsored the Illinois Voting Rights Act, spoke passionately on the Senate floor  in favor of a constitutional voter discrimination ban, which the House and Senate both approved this week with overwhelming support. At this November’s general election, voters will decide whether the language is added to the Illinois Constitution.

“Guaranteeing all citizens access to the voting booth isn’t just a symbolic gesture; it’s a necessary response to real threats to the core value of democracy,” Raoul said. “I volunteered as an attorney in Florida during the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections and saw senior citizens, including my own 83-year-old mother, forced to stand in line for hours in the hot sun just to exercise their most basic civil right. I have witnessed the rise of the voter ID movement that threatens to disenfranchise the 3.2 million Americans, predominantly minorities and senior citizens, who do not possess photo identification. This amendment clearly states that if a policy has the effect of discriminating against someone legally qualified to vote, it’s not welcome in Illinois.”

“While many states are enacting discriminatory laws that restrict voting rights, Illinois is taking steps to be on the right side of history,” Senate President John Cullerton said. “I’m proud of today’s bipartisan action to guarantee fundamental rights.  I especially want to thank Senator Raoul for his leadership and work to strengthen voter protections in this state.”

The constitutional amendment, which will appear on the ballot this November, states that no one may be denied the right to register to vote or cast a ballot based on race, color, language, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation or income. In 2011, Raoul sponsored the Illinois Voting Rights Act to protect racial and language minorities during the redistricting process that takes place every 10 years. Raoul has also worked on laws expanding early voting, registration and voting on college campuses and other opportunities for more Illinoisans to exercise their right to cast a ballot.

“The recent trend in many states toward erecting barriers to voting is one that should trouble us all,” Raoul said. “We should encourage all our citizens to vote and discourage none.”

The language of HJRCA 52 will become part of the state constitution if approved by a majority of those who vote in the November 4 election or three-fifths of those voting on the constitutional amendment question.

FACT SHEET: Affordable Care Act by the Numbers

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The Affordable Care Act is working.  It is giving millions of middle class Americans the health care security they deserve, it is slowing the growth of health care costs and it has brought transparency and competition to the Health Insurance Marketplace.

HEALTH CARE BY THE NUMBERS

  • 8 million people signed up for private insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace. For states that have Federally-Facilitated Marketplaces, 35 percent of those who signed up are under 35 years old and 28 percent are between 18 and 34 years old, virtually the same youth percentage that signed up in Massachusetts in their first year of health reform.
  • 3 million young adults gained coverage thanks to the Affordable Care Act by being able to stay on their parents plan.
  • 3 million more people were enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP as of February, compared to before the Marketplaces opened. Medicaid and CHIP enrollment continues year-round.
  • 5 million people are enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards outside the Marketplace, according to a CBO estimate. When insurers set premiums for next year, they are required to look at everyone who enrolled in plans that meet ACA standards, both on and off the Marketplace.
  • 5.7 million people will be uninsured in 2016 because 24 States have not expanded Medicaid.

HEALTH CARE COST GROWTH IS LOWEST IN DECADES

  • Health care costs are growing at the slowest level on record: Since the law passed, real per capita health care spending is estimated to have grown at the lowest rate on record for any three-year period and less than one-third the long-term historical average stretching back to 1960. This slower growth in spending is reflected in Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.
  • CBO projects the deficit will shrink more and premiums will be lower than expected: CBO previously estimated that the ACA will reduce the deficit by $1.7 trillion over two decades, and, just this week, CBO concluded that lower-than-expected Marketplace premiums and other recent developments will cut $104 billion from our deficit over the next ten years. The CBO report also projects that lower-than-expected premiums will help to save $5 billion this year, and that lower premiums will persist in the years ahead, remaining 15 percent below projections by 2016 (the only year in which CBO provides a precise estimate).
  • Medicare spending growth is down: Medicare per capita spending is growing at historically low rates.  This week, for the fifth straight year, the CBO reduced its projections for Medicare spending over the next 10 years – this time by $106 billion.  CBO projects that Medicare and Medicaid costs in 2020 will be $180 billion below its 2010 estimates.  Recent economic research suggests that the ACA’s reforms to Medicare may have “spillover effects” that reduce costs and improve quality across the health care system, not just in Medicare.

THE SECURITY OF HEALTH INSURANCE FOR MILLIONS OF MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES

  • Up to 129 million Americans with pre-existing conditions – including up to 17 million children – no longer have to worry about being denied health coverage or charged higher premiums because of their health status.
  • 71 million Americans with private insurance have gained coverage for at least one free preventive health care service such as mammograms, birth control, or immunizations in 2011 and 2012.
  • In 2013, 37 million people with Medicare received at least one preventive service at no out of pocket cost.
  • Approximately 60 million Americans have gained expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and/or federal parity protections.
  • Since the health care law was enacted, almost 8 million seniors have saved nearly $10 billion on prescription drugs as the health care law closes Medicare’s “donut hole.”
  • 105 million Americans no longer have to worry about having their health benefits cut off after they reach a lifetime limit.

Dr. Barbara Reynolds, MLK Board of Preachers Inductee, to Lead Holy Week Services in L. A.

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Award-winning national journalist and preacher Rev. Dr. Barbara A. Reynolds, an author and syndicated columnist, will be the keynote speaker concluding Holy Week services at the Miracles In Action Faith Center, Intl, located at 645 W. Arbor Vitae St., Inglewood, Calif. 90301.

The Easter Resurrection Worship starts at 11:45 a.m., on Sunday, April 20. Dr. Reynolds will bring the message, according to the pastor, Dr. Jynona Norwood.

A founding editor of USA Today, Washington Post columnist, and award-winning journalist, Dr. Reynolds has appeared on the ‘Oprah Winfrey Show,’ ‘Politically Incorrect,’ and  ‘CNN and Co.’ She was recently inducted into the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Preachers.

Among other guest speakers for this week’s celebration will be Elder Gerald Harris, an advisor for the United States Department of Justice and former Chief of Security for the National Church of God in Christ, Inc. He is also a former Warden at the Soledad State Prison.

On Good Friday, April 18, at noon the Seven Last Words of Christ will be presented by Dr. Norwood, Dr. Reynolds, and other guest preachers, followed by a complimentary fish fry dinner and performance by Gospel  rapper, Holy D.

Holy D. has won numerous awards for his unique style of ministry. He has appeared with Vanessa Bell-Armstrong at the Gospel Comedy Jam and with Curtis Blow at the Holy Hip Hop Church in Los Angeles.

For more information, Contact: Dr. Norwood, 310-292-5800

Dr. Barbara Reynolds

Better Business Bureau Warns Donors of Fake Boston Marathon Charities

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CHICAGO, IL – The Boston Marathon, one of the nation’s most popular sporting events, is taking place on Monday, April 21, and will be the 118th annual race with over 36,000 runners. During last year’s race three people were killed and 264 others were injured by two bombs that exploded near the finish line. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) warns consumers to be aware of illegitimate charities and scams that surround the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.


“After tragic events scammers often play to the emotions of consumers seeking donations to special funds that don’t exist or that improperly distribute the donations,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Consumers need to do careful research before donating to any charity that claims to be involved with the Boston Marathon.”


The BBB offers the following tips when giving to charities:

  • Thoughtful Giving. Take the time to check out the charity to avoid wasting your generosity by donating to a questionable or poorly managed effort. Be proactive and find trusted charities that are providing assistance.
  • State Government Registration. About 40 of the 50 states require charities to register with a state government agency before they solicit for charitable gifts. If the charity is not registered, that may be a significant red flag.
  • Respecting Victims and Their Families. Organizations raising funds should get permission from the families to use either their names and/or photographs of them.
  • How Will Donations Be Used? Watch out for vague appeals that don’t identify the intended use of funds. How will donations help victims’ families or the specific organizations? Make sure the charity identifies when the collected funds will be used.
  • Online Cautions. Never click on links to charities on unfamiliar websites or in text messages or emails. These may take you to a lookalike website where you could be asked to provide personal financial information or to click on a link that downloads harmful malware to your computer.
  • Financial Transparency. After funds are raised, it is even more important for organizations to provide an accounting of how funds were spent. Transparent organizations will post this information on their website so anyone can find out and not have to wait until the audited financial statements are available in the future.
  • Tax Deductibility. Not all organizations collecting funds are tax-exempt as charities under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donors can support these other entities but keep this in mind for federal income tax purposes. Contributions that are donor-restricted to help a specific individual/family are not deductible as charitable donations, even if the recipient organization is a charity.

Here is the list of the official Boston Marathon charities, shown on the Boston Athletic Association’s website.

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Exclusive Tour With Prosecco On Pastor’s Skyscraper Balcony

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CHICAGO, IL  -  On Friday, April 25th, 5:45pm, tour company Chicago Detours will offer a rare chance for the public to experience the Chicago Temple Building’s skyscraper terrace and a “Chapel in the Sky” on a one-off tour entitled “Exclusive Temple Tour with Views and a Toast.”

Chicago Detours Founder Amanda Scotese will share fascinating stories of the history of this downtown building, which houses the First United Methodist Church, offices for various businesses, and the pastor’s private residence. On this special tour, which has 24 limited spots, guests will experience the building’s beautiful Neo-gothic architecture as well some surprises hidden in the ornate and colorful stained glass windows of the church’s sanctuary.

The scope of the tour extends beyond church history. Guests will hear the fascinating and radical story that surrounds a sculpture that incorporates an actual KKK cross, and they will walk down the marble hallway that leads to Clarence Darrow’s former office, the famous lawyer for the Leopold and Loeb murder trial.

On the 26th floor the group will visit the magnificent Chapel in the Sky with its carved walnut beams and stained glass windows. The tour will conclude with a prosecco toast on the pastor’s private roof terrace with fantastic views of downtown Chicago. (See images here.)

As with all of Chicago Detours’ walking tours, guests will share iPads with historic images and video clips while the tour guide gives commentary.

Tickets for the Chicago Temple Tour are $36 for the 2 hour, 15-minute long tour, which includes guide commentary, shared use of iPads, sparkling wine, cheese and other light snacks, entrance to the Chapel in the Sky, access to the private terrace, and the gift of a historic print of the building. Additionally, guests get a peek inside the mid-century modern interior of the pastor’s three-story penthouse. For this special event, Scotese gives half of guide gratuities to a church initiative that gives specially designed backpacks for homeless people.

Reservations are required via www.chicagodetours.com. Group size is limited and tickets sell out each year for this special event.

About Chicago Detours:
Since 2010 Chicago Detour has been offering guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring curious people to explore stories and places locals don’t even know. The tour company is a team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, founded by Amanda Scotese, who honed her skills as a tour professional during her work as a tour guide and guidebook researcher with Rick Steves. Chicago Detours is one of the few Chicago tour companies with five solid stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.

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